Weibo(微薄, pinyin: wei1bo1; definition: microblog) is really popular in China. Arguably the most popular is Sina’s Weibo (新浪微薄). Weibo is not just a Twitter clone, and it’s especially interesting to see how it’s used in China.
Recently I found out about a pretty cool way young Chinese urbanites are using Weibo to get a date. It’s called 同城偶遇(pinyin:tong2cheng2 ou3yu4) or
intercityintra-city meetup (SD: Please offer a better translation if you have one.).
Basically, a single guy or girl does a status update where they describe a time, and place they’ll be. They describe themselves– what they’re wearing, what they’ll be doing– and give a coded message and response. Another single goes to the destination and repeats the coded message. If both sides like what they see, the connection is made.
It sounds like a cross between a blind date and a “missed connection” to me. For urbanites who are busy or looking to find someone outside their social circle, it’s a new way to try and find a date.
Here are some status updates (via Hudong):
Would you be willing to meet someone like this? Know anyone who’s tried it before?